AMD FX-8140 vs Intel Core i5-3550

Price now 335$
Games supported 82%
Intel Core i5-3550
  • Interface
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
AMD FX-8140
  • Interface
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 166$
Games supported 83%

General info

Comparing Core i5-3550 and FX-8140 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance ranking13461339
Value for money0.420.87
Market segmentDesktop processorDesktop processor
SeriesIntel Core i5 (Desktop)no data
Architecture codenameIvy Bridge (2012−2013)Zambezi (2011−2012)
Release date23 April 2012 (11 years old)23 October 2012 (10 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$205no data
Current price$335 (1.6x MSRP)$166
Value for money

Performance per price, higher is better.

Technical specs

Core i5-3550 and FX-8140 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores4 (Quad-Core)8 (Octa-Core)
Base clock speed3.3 GHz3.2 GHz
Boost clock speed3.7 GHz4.1 GHz
L1 cache64 KB (per core)384 KB
L2 cache256K (per core)8 MB
L3 cache6 MB (shared)8 MB (shared)
Chip lithography22 nm32 nm
Die size160 mm2315 mm2
Maximum core temperature67 °Cno data
Maximum case temperature (TCase)67 °Cno data
Number of transistors1,400 million1,200 million
64 bit support++
Windows 11 compatibility--
Unlocked multiplier-+


Information on Core i5-3550 and FX-8140 compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration11
Power consumption (TDP)77 Watt95 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i5-3550 and FX-8140. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVXno data
FMAno data+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+no data
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+no data
Turbo Boost Technology2.0no data
Hyper-Threading Technology-no data
TSX-no data
Idle States+no data
Thermal Monitoring+no data
FDI+no data

Security technologies

Core i5-3550 and FX-8140 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT+no data
EDB+no data
Secure Key+no data
Identity Protection+no data
Anti-Theft+no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-3550 and FX-8140 are enumerated here.

AMD-Vno data+
VT-d+no data
VT-x+no data
EPT+no data

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i5-3550 and FX-8140. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3DDR3
Maximum memory size32 GBno data
Max memory channels2no data
Maximum memory bandwidth25.6 GB/sno data
ECC memory support-no data

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics cardIntel HD Graphics 2500no data
Quick Sync Video+no data
Clear Video HD+no data
Graphics max frequency1.15 GHzno data
InTru 3D+no data

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-3550 and FX-8140 integrated GPUs.

Number of displays supported3no data


Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i5-3550 and FX-8140.

PCIe version3.02.0

Synthetic benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i5-3550 3.80
FX-8140 3.86

FX-8140 outperforms Core i5-3550 by 2% in our combined benchmark results.


Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

i5-3550 4793
FX-8140 4860

FX-8140 outperforms Core i5-3550 by 1% in Passmark.

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i5-3550 and FX-8140. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 5.6 Mh/s no data

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance score 3.80 3.86
Recency 23 April 2012 23 October 2012
Boost clock speed 3700 4100
Base clock speed 3300 3200
Chip lithography 22 nm 32 nm
Power consumption (TDP) 77 Watt 95 Watt

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